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Being a bow hunter, I have

Being a bow hunter, I have learned the hard way on a few shots. I will never again take a straight on frontal shot. The straight down shot is pretty much a no-no unless I was sure I could hit the spine, or it was on a doe. No steep quartering to shots. since it was brought up, no Texas heart shots either.

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...or it was a doe?

ManOfTheFall wrote:

Being a bow hunter, I have learned the hard way on a few shots. I will never again take a straight on frontal shot. The straight down shot is pretty much a no-no unless I was sure I could hit the spine, or it was on a doe. No steep quartering to shots. since it was brought up, no Texas heart shots either.

Not quite sure what you mean by this one.  It could be interpretted that taking a crappy shot at a lesser quality animal (a doe) is ok.  If thats the case the same shot should be ok for a spike but not for a 10 point or ok for a whitetail but not for a mule deer (just kidding whitetail hunters! - sorta).

I'm sure thats not what you think but some might take you to task for it.

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All I was simply saying is a

All I was simply saying is a doe, or yes even a fawn for that matter, they aren't as hardy as a big mature buck is. I know this by experience. I have probably shot 50 or more doe over the years. I made a few marginal shots on some of these and they still fell to my surprise. I did not mean to make a bad shot it just happened. I made a few bad shots on some big bucks and I paid the price. Early in my bow hunting days I took a straight down shot on a nice buck and I knew for a fact the arrow passed through one lung. I recovered the arrow but not the buck. I seen this buck again a few weeks later but could not get a shot on him. there was another really nice buck that I took a frontal shot on with my bow. I seen the arrow enter into him but it never came out. I trailed this buck for miles. Once again, did not recover this buck. So, over the years I am simply stating, through my experience that a doe or a younger deer is not as tough as those big boys are. No, I am not saying or condoning a questionable shot on any animal. I give my all to the sport and the deer that I hunt and try and make sure every time I release an arrow at a deer that it will be the quickest kill shot possible. I can see what you were saying that what I said might mislead people. I hope this explains my thinking a little better.

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Not really, but good try

Not really, but good try anyway!!!

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